US and Ugandan Hospices Celebrated for Outstanding Partnership

Global Partners in Care presents the 2015 Global Partnership Award to Samaritan Healthcare and Hospice of New Jersey and Kawempe Home Care of Uganda.

Apr 30, 2015, 08:00 ET from National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 30, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Samaritan Healthcare and Hospice is over 7,000 miles away from Kawempe Home Care of Uganda yet the two organizations are partners in caring.  Global Partners in Care, an affiliate organization of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, presented the 2015 Global Partnership Award to the two organizations today at NHPCO's annual Management and Leadership Conference, an event that brought over 1,200 hospice and palliative care leaders to the Washington, DC area.

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The Global Partnership Award recognizes the exemplary work of one partnership that has demonstrated leadership, innovation and has significantly contributed to the sustainable development of hospice and palliative care through their Global Partners in Care partnership. The award winner is selected based on creativity in fundraising, partner collaboration, staff contribution and commitment, and community outreach and involvement. 

"Samaritan feels both elated and humbled to be chosen for the 2015 Global Partnership Award from the 80 U.S. hospices which have chosen to share resources, expertise, and friendship with a sister hospice across the globe," says Samaritan President and CEO, Mary Ann Boccolini.  "On behalf of all those hospices, we welcome the opportunity to participate more fully in our global village."

A staff member at Samaritan says that this partnership has provided new avenues for staff and volunteers to engage with each other and in the community.   

"The future of the partnership is really very bright, we have set up programs for medical education, resources mobilization and education support for orphans and vulnerable children," says Executive Director of Kawempe Home Care, Dr. Samuel Guma.  "These programs will strengthen our palliative care program and the overall development of the organization."

The recipient of the award receives a $500 donation for the international hospice partner.

"We would like to congratulate Samaritan Healthcare and Hospice and Kawempe Home Care for creating, building, and sustaining a successful partnership," says John Mastrojohn, executive director of Global Partners in Care.   "Their commitment to their partnership is a testament to the idea that compassion has no borders."

Global Partners in Care's innovative partnership initiative provides opportunities for U.S. hospice and palliative care organizations to make a commitment to support a hospice and palliative care organization in a developing country.  A large percentage of the global need for palliative care is in low and middle income countries. 

At this time Global Partners in Care has hospice and palliative care organizations in Africa and India waiting to be partnered with an organization in the U.S. 

To learn more about international partnership opportunities and other ways to support Global Partners in Care, please visit the website at

Anita Brikman
Senior Vice President, Strategic Communications


SOURCE National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization